World anti-doping Agency (WADA) included Meldonium in the list of banned drugs because of its popularity among athletes of the CIS countries. This statement was made by Russian striker Pavel Kulikov, in an open letter to the Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko, reports “R-Sport”.
“Came for the doping test of Latvian doping officer, representing the British anti-doping Agency, told me that in recent time we found many cases of use of Meldonium, as it was included in the list of prohibited substances by the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) only because of the popularity of the drug among athletes of the CIS countries”, — stated in the letter of engagement.
Before it became known that the doping test on Meldonium about the artists was positive. He explained that he took the drug according to doctor’s recommendation in June of last year during training camps in the Moscow region. In August the Russians skeleton Anna Wicik said that Meldonium is included in the list of drugs banned for use by athletes. After that, according to Kulikov, he Meldonium did not accept. The athlete pleaded not guilty.